Friday, January 21, 2011

Pit bull attacks 85-year-old woman

By Brian Rokos, The Press-Enterprise

Neighbors have identified the 85-year-old victim of an attack by a pit bull today as Barbara Plunk.
The neighbors said Plunk owns a bulldog and is a widow.
Moreno Valley police were walking around Plunk's Dow Street home tonight, shining flashlights and putting small yellow markers on spots in the woman's frontyard.
Police were also inside a house interviewing a neighbor.
Dow Street is an unpaved road with no street lights and a lot of barking dogs. The land is zoned for horses, neighbors said.
Police have put up yellow tape that blocks the road.
Police have not released any details on how the attack happened.
Plunk underwent surgery for wounds to her torso and arms this afternoon after a neighbor's pit bull attacked her, according to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
Plunk had telephoned her daughter, who then called police because she was concerned that her mother was unintelligible on the phone. The daughter was worried that her mother had suffered a stroke, a news release said.
Medics arrived and found that Plunk had been mauled. She was taken to Riverside County Regional Medical Center.
Animal control officers quarantined the dog.
Anyone with information on the attack is asked to call Investigator Ed Rose at the Moreno Valley Police Department at 951-247-8700.

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